H.Savinien the Librarian's diverse YA lit recs

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H.Savinien the Librarian's diverse YA lit recs

Post by HSavinien on Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:31 am

Sci-fi:
If you like sci-fi worldbuilding, graffiti, cults of popularity, occasional blood sacrifice, and bisexuality, "The Summer Prince" by Alaya Dawn Johnson is fantastic. "Stranger" by Rachel Majina Brown and Sherwood Smith has post-apocalyptic flora and fauna trying to eat everyone, mutation, and an ensemble cast including an ace or demisexual character, some bi, gay, and lesbian characters, and a poly relationship. If you like near-future settings and mysterious aliens, you might try "Adaptation" and "Inheritance" by Malinda Lo - enjoy an explicitly bisexual main character and a poly relationship.  "Ms. Marvel" by G. Willow Wilson is pretty fantastic so far, starring a Muslim Pakistani-American teen who is an ENORMOUS GEEK herself.

Fantasy:
For high fantasy, disabled characters, and bisexuality, try "Otherbound" by Corinne Duyvis. "Clariel" by Garth Nix has an asexual, tragically flawed main character (though her sexuality is not part of her flaws) in a high fantasy setting.  I recommend the Korean-flavored "Prophecy" trilogy by Ellen Oh for a really interesting demon-slaying lead. The Russian-flavored "Grisha" trilogy by Leigh Bardugo has some interesting dissection of beauty and religious cults. The "Lumberjanes" comic series by Noelle Stevenson et al has a combination of random monster attacks and The Power of Friendship going for it and a really awesome ensemble of female characters.

Realistic:
For the most queer-friendly high school ever in a realistic setting, "Boy Meets Boy" by David Levithan is very sweet and has a gay lead and a trans woman side character who is both star quarterback and homecoming queen. "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by Emily Danforth is a recent-historical story set about a lesbian teen in rural Montana and includes some pretty nasty bits after the main character gets sent to a Christian ex-gay boarding school. If you like less dire LGBTQIA contemporary fiction, you might also try "Geography Club" and its sequels by Brent Hartinger.  "Hopeless Savages" by Jen Van Meter covers the oddball Hopeless-Savage family, from the pov of the children of two aging punk musicians.
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